Online Course Offerings

Thank you for your interest in Wintersession 2022-23 at the University at Albany.

Wintersession 22-23 will begin Monday, December 19, 2022, and run through Friday, January 13, 2023. All Wintersession courses are delivered fully online. Advance registration begins Wednesday, October 12.

Please check back the first week in October for all the information you will need for Wintersession 2022-23 study at UAlbany.

All Wintersession courses are delivered fully online (unless otherwise noted) through Blackboard Learn. Courses go "live" to enrolled students two weeks before the first day of classes. Students are encouraged to use the two weeks before the winter term begins to review the course syllabus and requirements and familiarize themselves with Blackboard. Technical issues (if any) should be resolved prior to the 21-22 Wintersession start date - Monday, December 20, 2021. If you enroll after the first day of class, you’ll be able to access the course in Blackboard within 24 hours. 

Thank you for a successful 20-21 Wintersession. Our fully online 2021 Summer Sessions begins Monday, May 24. A variety of 4- and 6-week sessions run throughout the term. Enrollment begins Monday, March 22!

Courses

 

College of Arts & Sciences


Africana Studies

A Afs 213 (Class # 1215)
History of Civil Rights Movement (3)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the historical development and maturation of the movement for civil rights in the United States. It will examine the development of resistance movements and the philosophies of those involved within the movements during the antebellum, post Civil War and contemporary times.
Instructor: Jennifer Burns

A Afs 286 (Class # 1214)
African Civilization (3)
Africa from prehistoric times to 1800 with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, the development of indigenous states and their response to Western and Eastern contacts. Only one version of A AFS 286 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: David Agum

A Afs 287 (Class # 1014)
Africa in the Modern World (3)
Africa since 1800: exploration, the end of the slave trade, the development of interior states, European partition, the colonial period, and the rise of independent Africa. Only one of A AFS 287 and A HIS 287 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Frank Essien

Anthropology & Linguistics

A Ant 108 (Class # 1022)
Cultural Anthropology (3)
Anthropology is the study human cultural diversity in all of its expressions. This course will explore both cultural anthropology and diversity through lectures, readings, films, and class discussions. Students will learn fundamental anthropological concepts, theories, and assumptions, as well as the contributions anthropologists have made to the understanding of diversity, culture, ethnicity, and gender in cross-cultural perspective.
Instructor: Kaori Chen

A Ant 201 (Class # 1169)
Critical Thinking and Skepticism in Anthropology (3)
How many people believe most everything they are told, or everything that they read? How can we tell the difference between statements that are based on fact, and those based only on opinion, ideology, error, or falsehood? Why should we care in the first place? This class will help you answer these questions, and hopefully raise many more. We will cover the ways in which your own brain and senses can trick you. We will cover the common mistakes made in reasoning, "logical fallacies" that can lead even the most critical of thinkers to false conclusions. We will cover several of the most common types of false information that people encounter today, such as psychics, astrology, or complementary and alternative medicine, and will explore why these are problematic. Our focus throughout will be on identifying current, real world examples of "uncritical thinking" in popular and news media. Hopefully at the end of the course, we will all be better consumers of knowledge. Only one version of A ANT 201 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Sean Rafferty

A Ant 319 (Class # 1324)
Physical Growth And Development (3)
Analysis of the pattern of human growth during the prenatal and postnatal periods and their variation around the world. The course focuses on the influence of social factors, nutrition, alcohol and cigarette use, race/ethnicity, pollution, and features of the physical environment which modify growth patterns. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 211.
Instructor: Florence Lee

A Ant 340 (Class # 1165)
Topics in Ethnology: Ethnology of Ireland (3)
Irish culture has long held a certain fascination throughout the world, particularly among her vast diaspora. Ireland’s entrance into the global economy and the ‘Celtic craze’ in the late 20th century largely contributed to the continuing commodification of Irish culture. Over the course of the semester, we will survey the manner in which various historical and media-driven discourses, immigrant experiences, artistic mediums, international tourism, and emerging global flows have contributed to recent conceptions of “Irishness.” By tracing the development of contemporary anthropological theory and methods in Irish and diasporic studies, and paying particular attention to the intersections and disjunctures between Irish and Irish-American cultural experiences over the last two centuries, we will explore the historical construction, negotiation, and contests over what constitutes ‘Irishness’ and core questions of identity, tradition, representation, and authenticity. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 108Z or 108.
Instructor: Jennifer Crowley

A Ant 381 (Class # 1282)
Anthropology of Gender (3)
The history of and current trends in anthropological theories of gender. Specific issues are raised in the form of questions, including: On what bases is gender identity constructed? What factors affect the relative status of men and women in different cultures? How many genders are there? What constitutes "femininity" and "masculinity" cross-culturally? Theoretical issues in the literature are linked to policy debates throughout the world, such as those over gay families, female genital cutting, abortion, and the use of new reproductive technologies. A ANT 381Z and A WSS 381Z are writing intensive versions of A ANT 381 and A WSS 381. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Michalina Grzelka

A Ant 416 (Class # 1239)
Topics in Human Biology: Misguided Medicine (3)
An in-depth look at outlandish and dangerous medical treatments in the United States. Using podcasts, documentaries, and scientific articles, we will explore how a lack of anatomical knowledge and the spread of misinformation can lead to ridiculous and sometimes deadly treatments of pathologies and diseases. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Ant 110 and 211. Visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor at [email protected] or 518-442-4700.
Instructor: Mercedes Fabian

A Lin 200 (Class # 1161)/
A Eng 200 (Class # 1160)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

Art History

A Arh 207 (Class # 1023)
Egyptian Archeology (3)
A survey of the remains of ancient Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman Empire. The pyramids, temples, tombs, mummies and works of art will be examined in an attempt to understand the unique character of ancient Egypt. Selections from Egyptian religious and historical texts will be read in translation. A ARH 207Z is the writing intensive versions of A ARH 207; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Barry Dale

Chemistry

A Chm 105 (Class # 1315)
Chemistry in Our Lives (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications in everyday life. The course will explore the impact of chemistry on modern life by looking at its role in the environment, medicine, nanotechnology and polymers. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in chemistry. Prerequisite(s): none.
Instructor: Colin Henck

A Chm 120 (Class # 1198)
General Chemistry I (3)
Atomic theory, quantitative relationships in chemical change, electronic structure of atoms and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, and states of matter.
Instructor: Li Niu

A Chm 124 (Class # 1318)
General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
Introduction to laboratory techniques, experiments demonstrating chemical principles in General Chemistry I, including stoichiometry, calorimetry, and properties of some elements and compounds. Co-requisite or Prerequisite(s): A Chm 120 or 130.
Instructor: Colin Henck

A Chm 121 (Class # 1317)
General Chemistry II (3)
Elementary principles of chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, and kinetics; electrochemistry; descriptive chemistry of the elements and their compounds. Prerequisite(s): A Chm 120.
Instructor: Colin Henck

A Chm 125 (Class # 1319)
General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
Application of laboratory techniques, experiments demonstrating chemical principles of General Chemistry II, including solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium, and qualitative analysis of some anions and cations. Prerequisite(s): A Chm 124; corequisite(s) or prerequisite(s): A Chm 121 or 131.

Instructor: Colin Henck

Communication

A Com 100 (Class 1136)
Human Communication: Language and Social Action (3)
Introduction to human communication in terms of an examination of the communication needs,  processes, and results that typically occur in  different social settings.
Instructor: William Husson

A Com 238 (Class # 1238)
Introduction to Mass Communication (3)
This course provides an overview of the types and functions of various mass communication tools -- from traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, film, and television to new media such as the Internet, mobile media, and social media. Since mass communication technologies relate to and influence each other, this course examines the dynamic relationship between traditional and new media formats.To deepen students' understanding of mass media's roles, this course also emphasizes the impact of mass communication on society and individuals. Through this course, students will develop their media literacy skills to be an educated media consumer and producer.
Instructor: Monica Bartoszek

A Com 265X (Class # 1140)
Introduction to Communication Theory (3)
Approaches to the study of human communication. Consideration of major research findings, methods and conceptualizations in such areas as persuasion, interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and mass communication. A COM 265 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany.
Instructor: Michael Barberich

A Com 360 (Class # 1285)
Digital and Social Media in Strategic Communication (3)
The course addresses such topics as search engine optimization, social media publishing, audience research, online press releases, email marketing, Web analytics, online advertising, and video production. Students will write blog posts, create videos, and manage social media. Non-profit organizational context is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X.
Instructor: Masahiro Yamamoto

A Com 369 (Class # 1007)
Theories of Organizational Communication (3)
Theoretical models and empirical studies of communication within complex organizations. In-depth case study of one or more organizations. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Alan Belasen

A Com 378 (Class # 1170)
Studies in Public Persuasion: Leadership Communication (3)
Leadership Communication is an advanced Communication course aimed at providing student with in-depth knowledge on the various leadership theories and insight into effective leadership practices. A critical examination of leadership theories and research will be undertaken. Areas of leadership covered include: (1) Management versus leadership; (2) Trait theories of leadership; (3) Behavior theories of leadership; (3) Participative leadership and delegation; (4) Dyadic theories and followership; (5) Power and influence; (6) Contingency theories of leadership; (7) “Modern” theories of leadership (Charismatic, Transformational, & Transactional); (8) Leading teams, meetings and change; (9) Developing leadership skills; and (10) Ethical Leadership. May be repeated for a total of 15 credits when content varies. Prerequisite(s): A COM 265X or permission of instructor.
Instructor: James Snack

Economics

A Eco 110 (Class # 1020)
Principles Economics I: Microeconomics (3)
Analysis of supply and demand in markets for goods and markets for the factors of production. Study of various market structures, price determination in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A ECO 300. Prerequisite(s): plane geometry and intermediate algebra or A MAT 100.
Instructor: Chunyu Guo

A Eco 330 (Class # 1139 or # 1142)
Economics of Development (3)
Introduction to the analysis of economic growth and development. Historical, descriptive, and analytical approaches to the problems of fostering economic growth. Consideration of alternative theories of the causes and problems of underdevelopment. A ECO 330Z is the writing intensive version of A ECO 330;  only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):  A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Jinman Pang (Cls #1139)

Instructor: Mengdi Hao   (Cls #1142)

A Eco 350 (Class # 1287)
Money and Banking (3)
The principles of money, commercial banking, and  central banking; an elementary consideration of issues of monetary policy and financial markets. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Layla Darougar

A Eco 370 (Class # 1219)
Economics of Labor (3)
Study of wage theories and wage structures; wage-cost-price interaction; and wage, supply, and employment relationships. Only one version of A ECO 370 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A ECO 110 and 111.
Instructor: Zhang, Yaxu

English

A Eng 200 (Class # 1160)/
A Lin 200 (Class # 1161)
Structure of English Words (3)
Introduction to the structure of English words, including the most common Greek and Latin base forms, and the way in which related words are derived. Students may expect to achieve a significant enrichment in their own vocabulary, while learning about the etymology, semantic change and rules of English word formation. Only one version of A ENG200 or A LIN200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Lee Bickmore

A Eng 302W (Class # 1288)
Creative Writing: Short Fiction (3)
What makes a professional fiction writer different from a novice? Well, the way they write, of course! But what exactly makes a professional writer’s writing process so, well... professional? In this class, you will learn some of the ways that professional fiction writers think and behave as they write. You will learn about the thought processes they use to write their fiction, and you will learn about how they get the job of writing done. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to practice these professional writing practices in order to write your own fiction. Because not all professional fiction writers are the same, we will focus on writing within one genre: literary fiction. We will learn why some readers like to read this sometimes weird, sometimes surprising, sometimes challenging genre of fiction, but we will also explore the ways in which the writing processes of literary-fiction writers might be used to write all of the other wonderful and exciting genres which fiction has to offer. Finally, there will be a lot of (optional) opportunities to receive feedback on your work from your classmates. This is a class that is sure to make your fiction writing more thoughtful, more interesting, and more professional.
Instructor: Christopher Syrewicz

A Eng 358 (Class # 1171)
Studies in Poetry: Modernist American Poetry 1900-1950 (3)
This course will introduce students to selected themes and forms in Modern American poetry, and explore intersections and parallels with innovations and controversies in American art, music and media. Students will read a substantive collection of selected poems from important American poets and movements. In order to develop a broad awareness of the contexts of American poetry and poetics in the first half of the 20th Century, students will also read and view different types of related resource media, and explore and discuss key issues and controversies of the period. Focusing on issues of poetics, politics, society and media, online discussions will ask students to express their deepening awareness in increasingly complex and sophisticated interpretations, responses and analysis. Finally, by reading and reviewing selected critical essays, students will engage the contemporary critical conversation in Modern American Poetry studies. The course is divided into five chapters – a short review of basic poetic concepts, a short chapter on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and three thematic chapters. Each chapter introduces readings, including poetry, selected critical essays, web resources and links. Graded chapter assignments offer students alternatives and options, and include a reflective journal, online discussions and participation, and several short critical reviews. May be repeated once for credit when content varies.
Instructor: Jill Hanifan

Geography

A Gog 102 (Class # 1220)
Introduction to Human Geography (3)
Introduction to key elements of human geography as a social science, (including population, cultural, economic, and political geography), focusing on the disciplinary themes of place, space and landscape. These themes are applied at a variety of scales, from local to the regional to the global, with particular emphasis with geographical concerns with cross-cultural comparisons among regions and with the relationships of local and regional phenomena to global processes. Only one version of A GOG 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Neusa McWilliams

History

A His 100 (Class # 1004)
American Political and Social History I (3)
Survey of American history from the colonial era through the Civil War, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions. All books and readings for class are available at no cost on-line.
Instructor: Jennifer A. Lemak

A His 101 (Class # 1131)
American Political and Social History II (3)
Survey of American history from the Civil War to the present, with emphasis on the development of our political, constitutional, economic, social, and cultural institutions.
Instructor: Britt Haas 

A His 130 (Class # 1144)
History of European Civilization I (3)
Survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the West from its origins to the 18th century.
Instructor: Joseph Creamer

A His 158 (Class # 1289)
The Past as Present: The World since 1900 (3)
A survey of global history in the modern era, this course traces political, economic, social, and cultural developments that have shaped the world we live in today.  Students will become familiar with people, events, and ideas in societies across an increasingly interconnected globe, coming to understand the challenges of the present and future as products of human choice and action in the recent past. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Alexander Dawson

A His 259 (Class # 1162)
History of Women and Social Change (3)
With an emphasis on the diversity of U.S. women, this course examines the social, historical, and economic forces that have shaped U.S. women's lives from about 1800-1970 and the contexts within which women have participated in and sometimes led social and political movements.
Instructor: Sarah Pacelli

A His 263 (Class # 1008)
Art, Music and History I (3)
"Art, Music, and History I" is a survey of European culture from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, which examines the many historical contexts that underlie art and music. Students do not need any background in the arts, as this is a course we will build from the ground up by first exploring the questions: What is art? Is it necessary? Where does it come from? Why is it important? And "What does it mean?" Our world is filled with art and music, and it did not get that way by accident. Broadly speaking, this is a course about cultural history, or how people live their lives in society--what they think, what they value, and what they do. If you can understand these basic ideas within your own life, then you will be able to understand them in history and vice versa. Although our focus here is on the arts, it is important to emphasize that we will study them within the political, social, economic and technological backgrounds from which they sprang and which they also influenced. Hopefully, you will see art, music, history and the world around you in ways you never thought possible.
Instructor: Anthony Anadio

A His 290 (Class # 1234)
Topics in American History: The History of the Cold War through Film (3)
This on-line course will use films as a primary source to explore such major Cold War issues as nuclear proliferation, cultural and scientific competition, the fate of Germany in the Cold War, and the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba. The selections will include both feature films and television programs produced from the late 1940s to the beginning of the 2000s to gauge the Cold War’s development and lasting impact. To gain a larger perspective on these topics, this course will include films from such countries as the United States, Soviet Union, Germany, Japan, and Cuba.
Instructor: Bryan Herman   

A His 300 (Class # 1175)
The History of  American Indians and the United States (3)
A detailed survey of the history of the North American Indians, particularly those now within the territory of the United States, as communities and nations, from the period of first contact to the present. Prerequisite(s): A His 100 or A His 100Z.
Instructor: Kwinn Doran

A His 346 (Class # 1132)
History of England I (3)
The historical development of English society and government from early times to the 17th century. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing, or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Patrick Nold

A His 390 (Class # 1221)
Advanced Topics in American History: That "70s" Class - America 1968-1984
This History topics course explores the United States during the long 1970s, approximately 1968 to 1984. We will examine the key political, social and cultural transformations that shaped the United States in the Seventies through first-hand and secondary interpretive accounts, as well as through film and music. A few major topics provide the overarching framework for the course. These include the decline of liberalism and the rise of conservatism; the end of the postwar affluent economy; the oil crisis; the decline of American dominance on the world stage; and the ongoing rights revolutions. Through these frameworks we will assess whether the pejorative labels often assigned to the Seventies--the "forgotten decade" when "nothing happened"; an era of bad hair, bad clothes, and bad music, when Americans were "running out of gas" and lost faith in their elected leaders and their government—are accurate or in need of reassessment. The Seventies became a time of reckoning and recognizing new limits in the United States, in both the literal and figurative sense; domestically and in international affairs. However, the "zero-sum" society, the "culture of narcissism," or the "me decade," as it has been alternately labeled, also gave rise to the more transformative features of our time, developments that laid the framework for and shaped contemporary United States society and culture. The rights revolution fostered an increasingly inclusive, yet diverse society. Music and cinema underwent a remarkable renaissance. Personal liberation fostered self-improvement, while relaxed sexual and social mores transformed society in many positive and liberating ways for men and women. Finally, the many subcultures of the Seventies, including skate, punk, rap, and pc tech shaped what are now multi-million and billion dollar industries. Ultimately, there is more to the 1970s than meets the eye, as you will discover over the course of the session. This is a “topics in American history” 300-level course, designed to meet the requirements for the AHIS390 credit. The course may be repeated for credit when the content varies. Prerequisite(s): 3 credits in history; or junior or senior class standing; or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Jennifer Armiger

A His 395 (Class # 1240)
The Historian's Craft: Methods (3)
This seminar is a methods course that prepares students to succeed as they transition from foundational to advanced coursework in the History Department. It will teach students how to ask appropriate research questions, collect evidence using the university's research tools, and choreograph that evidence to advance a persuasive argument.
Instructor: Christopher Pastore

Journalism

A Jrl 340 (Class # 1290)
Global Perspectives on the News (3)
This course provides a global perspective on news production and the distribution of media around the world. After studying the political and legal constraints under which international media operate- including the operating procedures of American journalists working as foreign correspondents- the course will explore topics including censorship, information warfare, internet piracy, the blogosphere, and conflicts between national interests and the media technologies that are unconstrained by national borders. Readings include works by Marshall McLuhan, Umberto Eco, Benjamin Barber, Susan George, and others.
Instructor: Chang Sup Park

Judaic Studies

A Jst/Rel 151 (Class # 1291/1292)
Judaism and its Foundational Texts (3)
Serves as a broad introduction to Judaism and examines Jewish traditions, practices, and variety of Jewishness through classic, traditional, unorthodox, and even heretical Jewish texts from antiquity until the present. No knowledge of Hebrew or background in Jewish culture or history is required. Only one of A JST 151 and A REL 151 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Daniel Stein Kokin

Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

A Lcs 283 (Class # 1293)
Latinization of U.S. Cities (3)
This course examines the historical and contemporary Latino transformation of American cities. We begin with early 20th century Latino migrations to N.Y.C. and L.A., move onto the rise of barrio politics in the 1960s and 70s, recent urban transnational ties in a late 20th century global era, and end with the exponential rise and geographic expansion of Latino populations in various urban and suburban cities across the U.S. A study of these shifts in the Latinization of cities is of particular relevance today as professionals in creative, policy, and academic fields grapple with the fast-growing U.S. Latina/o population. Because of the multi-faceted and urgent nature of this ethnic specific urban process, this course understands that the verb "Latinizing" is enacted by multiple actors with various political and economic interests, and considers the resulting Latinized urban process to be an always contested and evolving intersection of culture, class, gender, sexuality, and race. The course draws from texts in anthropology, sociology, history, cultural studies, and geography, all of which are augmented with various films. By reading multi-disciplinary texts that cover various cities and Latino national groups across the United States, students in this course will gain a rich theoretical and analytical background on the pressing issues and main individuals and communities that have shaped and continue to shape Latina/o urban America.
Instructor: Eric Macias

A Lcs 369 (Class # 1294)
Central America and the Caribbean (3)
The circum-Caribbean lands and islands in the 19th and 20th centuries; independence; independent nations and colonies; foreign intrusions and interventions; social and economic change; revolutions; comparative Caribbean studies. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing or 3 credits in history.
Instructor: Benoit Vallee

Mathematics & Statistics

A Mat 106 (Class # 1146 or # 1147)
Survey of Calculus (3)
An intuitive approach to differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, intended only for students who plan to take no more calculus. Does not yield credit toward the major or minor in mathematics. May not be taken for credit by students with credit for A MAT 111, 112 or 118. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 108 (Class # 1133 or # 1148)
Elementary Statistics (3)
Frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and sampling, estimation, testing of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite(s): three years of high school mathematics. Not open for credit by students who have taken A MAT 308.
Instructor: Karin Reinhold

A Mat 220 (Class # 1017)
Linear Algebra (3)
Linear equations, matrices, determinants, finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations Euclidean spaces. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 113.
Instructor: Kehe Zhu

A Mat 311 (Class # 1025)
Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
Linear differential equations, systems of differential equations, series solutions, boundary value problems, existence theorems, applications to the sciences. Prerequisite(s): A MAT 214.
Instructor: Rongwei Yang

A Mat 522 (Class # 1244)
Linear Algebra for Applications (3)
The course's main concentration is on theory of abstract linear spaces with applications to Numerical Analysis, probabilistic and statistical considerations including Markov chains and migration process, least squares method, etc. Such topics as Singular Value Decomposition, Numerical Rank, Power method and QR algorithm for finding eigenvalues are considered in detail using techniques of spectral theory. Prerequisites: AMAT 214, or equivalent course in multivariable calculus, or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Michael Stessin

A Mat 583 (Class # 1223)
Topological Data Analysis I (3)
Basic techniques and concepts of topology that are used in data analysis. This is the first of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. This subject requires knowledge of rather advanced topics in topology. This course navigates to the point where the student is ready to see the applications in data science, through a careful selection of the sequence of topics: graph theory, high-dimensional simplicial complexes, nerves of coverings, some basic general topology and homotopy theory, computational linear algebra, simplicial homology and cohomology. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra as in AMAT 220 or equivalent.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 584 (Class # 1296)
Topological Data Analysis II (3)
An introduction to the two main areas of Topological Data Analysis, the persistent homology and the Mapper algorithm. This is the second of a two semester sequence in Topological Data Analysis. In this course, the students will learn to apply homology computations to filtered metric spaces producing the main topological signature of a data set called persistent homology. In the second half of the course, the Mapper will be used as an illustration of topology based dimension reduction techniques which produce a one-dimensional summary, a graph, of the multi-dimensional data set. Case studies with real world applications are included to illustrate the theory. Prerequisites: AMAT 583 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Boris Goldfarb

A Mat 590 (Class # 1297)
Function Theory & Functional Analysis for Applications (3)
This course covers function analytic aspects necessary for applications in various areas of science and engineering, notably in Data Science. Among main topics of the course are: elementary theory of Lebesgue measure and integration, spaces of Lebesgue integrable functions, Banach spaces and Hanh-Banach theorem, duality in Banach spaces, Hilbert spaces, reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces, non-linear analysis in Banach spaces. Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra, e.g., AMAT 220; calculus of several variables, e.g., AMAT 214.
Instructor: Michael Stessin

A Mat 591 (Class # 1224)
Optimization Methods & Nonlinear Programming (3)
Modern methods in convex optimization and nonlinear programming. Newton's method, gradient descent, linear programming, quadratic optimization, semidefinite programming and related topics. Prerequisites: AMAT590
Instructor: Yiming Ying

Music

A Mus 100 (Class # 1026)
Introduction to Music (3)
Understanding the art of music through directed listening emphasizing the many uses of musical material. Uses numerous illustrations accenting the criteria which determine quality.
Instructor: Ellen Burns

A Mus 214 (Class # 1222)
American Music (3)
This course explores the history of music in the United States through the prism of the nation's most persistent cultural issue, race relations. From the earliest transatlantic contacts to the present day, the act of music-making is viewed as a complex response to both the inherited traditions of Europe and Africa and a changing environment. Topics include spirituals, gospel, and Protestantism; minstrelsy and the entertainment industry; nationalism and the symphony; experimental music of the 20th century; and vernacular genres such as folksong and the blues. Only one of A MUS 214, T MUS 214 or A MUS 334 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Ellen Burns

A Mus 226 (Class # 1012 or # 1013 or # 1163)
Hip Hop Music and Culture (3)
This course examines the evolution of Hip Hop music and culture (Graffiti art, B-Boying [break-dancing], DJ-ing, and MC-ing) from its birth in 1970's New York to its global and commercial explosion in the late 1990's. Students learn to think critically about both Hip Hop culture, and about the historical and political contexts in which Hip Hop culture took, and continues to take, shape. Particular attention is paid to questions of race, gender, authenticity, consumption, commodification, globalization, and good, old-fashioned funkiness.
Instructor: Nicholas Conway
 

Philosophy

A Phi 112 (Class # 1299 or # 1300)
Critical Thinking (3)
This is a course in informal logic. It centers on the meaning of claims, and whether a claim, should be accepted or rejected, or whether suspension of judgment is appropriate. This course is intended to help students think clearly and effectively.
Instructor: Marcus Adams

Physics

A Phy 103 (Class # 1009)
Exploration of Space (3)
The solar system, modern developments in planetary and space science; human exploration of space; space travel and future colonization.
Instructor: Eric Woods

A Phy 140 (Class # 1141)
Physics I: Mechanics (3)
An introduction to the fundamentals of physics: Classical Mechanics. Topics include the concepts of force, energy and work applied to the kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies and an introduction to special relativity.
Pre/corequisite: A MAT 111 or 112 or 118. Visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor at [email protected] or 518-442-5260.
Instructor: Susan DiFranzo

Psychology

A Psy 214 (Class # 1301)
Introduction to Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (3)
An introduction to basic nervous system function and its control of behavior. Examination of the contribution of the field of neuroscience to understanding both normal and abnormal behavior. Topics will include anatomical, neurochemical, physiological, developmental and endocrine aspects of neurobehavioral function. Prerequisite(s): A Psy 101. Reserved for APSY & TPSY Majors. Non-majors and visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor at [email protected] or 518-442-4820.
Instructor: Shannon Underwood

A Psy 270 (Class # 1187)
Social Psychology (3)
This course will explore the relationship between the individual and the group, as well as the influence of culture, leadership, and institutions on human personality. Further topics will include understanding the self, attraction in interpersonal relationships, development of social attitudes, and the psychology of mass movements and of social decisions. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101.

Instructor: Kyle Law

A Psy 338 (Class # 1225)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Survey of the behavior disorders, including the psychoses, psychoneuroses, mental deficiencies, and other forms of psychopathology. Only one version of A PSY 338 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, and 203 or 327.
Instructor: Starlette Douglass

A Psy 381 (Class # 1188)
Memory and Cognition (3)
Examination of both basic and complex information processing skills of humans. Topics include sensory memory, selective attention, pattern recognition, coding processes, short-term and long-term memory performance, theories of recognition and recall, and theories of semantic memory. Only one version of A PSY 381 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, A PSY 210 and A PSY 211. Reserved for APSY & TPSY Majors. Non-majors and visiting students contact the Department for Permission of Instructor at [email protected] or 518-442-4820.

Instructor: Eric Tifft

Sociology

A Soc 115 (Class # 1005)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Nature of culture and of human society, personality development, groups and group structure, social institutions, the processes of social change.
Instructor: Mayuko Nakatsuka

A Soc 180 (Class # 1137)
Social Problems (3)
Applies the concepts, methods, and ethics of sociology to the analysis of "social problems." A SOC 180Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 180; only one may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Danielle George-Lucas

A Soc 220 (Class # 1245)
Introduction to Social Research (3)
Examination of the assumptions and techniques of social research: problems of design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis; review of current research in professional journals; the uses of survey research; application of concepts through individual and class projects. A SOC 220 is restricted to A-E grading after matriculation at Albany. A SOC 220 must be completed with a C or better for the major in Sociology. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: In Choi

A Soc 235 (Class # 1015)
Sociological Theory (3)
Overview of major schools of theory influencing current sociological inquiry. Discussion of selected works of classical and contemporary theorists. The influence of values on theorizing and the issue of value neutrality. An evaluation of the role of theory in the growth of the discipline.
Instructor: Abby Stivers

A Soc 250 (Class # 1018)
Sociology of Families (3)
The family as a social institution; types of family organization; the family as a socializing agency and its interrelations with other institutions; the impact of social change on the American family with particular reference to the transition from a rural-agricultural to a predominantly urban-industrial society. Only one version of A SOC 250 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Shichao Du


A Soc 282 (Class # 1226)
Race & Ethnicity (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the sociological study of race and ethnicity in the United States. Specifically, the course emphasizes understanding the social, demographic, economic, political, and historical forces that have resulted in the unique experiences of different groups of Americans. Further, the student will be provided with the opportunity to analyze and discuss the impact of public policy on issues that pertain to various racial and ethnic groups. Only one version of A SOC 282 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor:  Beena Han

A Soc 283 (Class # 1227)
Juvenile Delinquency (3)
The purpose of this course is to examine the unique aspects of the juvenile justice system and theoretical explanations of delinquent behavior. The course is divided into three sections: 1) conceptual and methodological issues in the study of delinquency; 2) explanations of delinquent behavior; 3) the control of delinquency. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Tyler Bellick

A Soc 341 (Class # 1302)
Social Inequality (3)
Diverse forms of inequality in human society; causes and consequences of inequality; sociological approaches to the study of inequality. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Ji-Won Lee

A Soc 359 (Class # 1134)
Medical Sociology (3)
Comprehensive introduction to sociological factors in disease etiology and illness behavior and to the sociology of the organization of medical practice and the health professions. A SOC 359Z is the writing intensive version of A SOC 359 and A SOC 359W is the writing intensive and oral discourse version of A SOC 359; only one of A SOC 359, A SOC 359Z, and A SOC 359W may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z.
Instructor: Rebecca Herrero Saenz

A Soc 362 (Class # 1246)/
A Wss 363 (Class #1270)
 Sociology of Sexualities (3)
This course reviews the core of the sociology of sexuality from a socio-historical perspective. Among the topics to be discussed are the theoretical approaches to sexuality, the making of sexual identities, the relationship between sexuality and social institutions, and sexual politics and ethics. Specific examples include hip-hop sexualities, gay marriage, sexual tourism, transgender identities, and heterosexual intimacy. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115 or 115Z.
Instructor: Ian Callahan

A Soc 370 (Class # 1303)
Social Demography (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth introduction to the field of demography and population studies. Specifically, the course emphasizes the impact of population processes and events on human societies. Sociology, along with other social science disciplines, will be employed to facilitate the understanding of how social and demographic factors interact to create problems throughout the world.
Instructor: Danielle George-Lucas

A Soc 373 (Class # 1304)
Community and Urban Sociology (3)
Approaches to the study of community and urban form and process. The city as a coercive product and as a social artifact. The impact of urbanization and other changes on the physical and social structure of communities. The impact of the urban setting upon social institutions, city, metropolis, and megalopolis, the future of cities. Prerequisite(s): A Soc 115Z.
Instructor: Kaya Hamer-Small

A Soc 386 (Class # 1247)
The Social Worlds of Children and Youth (3)
How do experiences of childhood vary historically and cross-culturally? What inequalities are most salient in children's lives? At what age do children understand things like race and gender? This course answers these questions and more by exploring various aspects of the social worlds of children and youth. The course considers theoretical approaches to studying children's experiences from a sociological perspective, and how socialization and the new Sociology of Childhood perspective differs from dominant narratives in other disciplines. The course also covers how children and youth navigate different social settings including relationships within their families, in their peer groups and in their schools. Finally, the course critically examines the ways that social inequalities among and between groups of children shape their experiences both as children and over the life course. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Griffin Lacy

A Soc 399 (Class # 1305)
Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Sports (3)
Sociology of Sports explores of the role of sports as a social institution and the behavior of, and social relationships between, participants in athletics. Concurrently, the course focuses on the consumption of sports by spectators and casual fans. Maybe be repeated for up to 6 credits if content varies. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115.
Instructor: Philip Lewis

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

C Ehc 210 (Class # 1306)
Critical Inquiry and Communication in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
This course builds upon UUNI 110's focus on critical argumentation, analysis and communication in the context of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. Students will learn to build and evaluate arguments, gather and evaluate evidence, and present conclusions within the context of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity by writing briefs and conducting briefings.
Instructor: Donald Harris

C Ehc 242 (Class # 1323)
Cybersecurity (3)
The purpose of this class is to acquaint students with the policy issues associated with cybersecurity, this includes issues like cyber-attacks, network security, incident response, cyber crime, cyber espionage, and cyber conflict.  Students will look at how government agencies and private sector entities assess and respond to the changing cybersecurity landscape -- how they assess the risks they face, how they manage those risks through security procedures and practices, and how they mitigate the impact of attacks that do happen on their systems. Prerequisites(s): C EHC/R PAD 101.
Instructor: Dawit Demissie

C Ehc 310 (Class # 1228)
Research Seminar in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
In many undergraduate classes, students are consumers of research created by others. Students read historical case studies of disasters, examine regression results of probing the relationship between democracy and terrorism, peruse interviews with government officials from homeland security agencies and scrutinize surveys of public opinion of privacy and security. What is often unclear is the research process lurking behind these final results. The mission of this course is to shed light on the research process in the areas of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. Over the course of the semester, students will conduct literature reviews, develop hypotheses, construct research designs, collect data, test hypotheses, and communicate findings. Students will start by creating a literature review on a topic of the student's interest, identifying a falsifiable research question of interest to them in an area related to his or her concentration and subsequently investigating the question using the procedures and methods of social science. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/R PAD 101 and C EHC 210.
Instructor: Martha Avila Maravilla

C Ehc 325 (Class # 1307)
Critical Infrastructure (3)
Students will be able to gain understanding of what the critical infrastructure sectors are and why they are so vital to the United States. They will obtain knowledge on each sector's assets, systems, and networks, both physical and virtual. Learning that critical infrastructure is a shared responsibility, they will also understand how the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, private companies, and individual citizens play a role in keeping it strong, secure, and resilient. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing.
Instructor: Kevin Caramancion

C Ehc 390 (Class # 1263)
External Internship in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity (3)
This course is intended to give students an opportunity to effectively apply what they have learned in their classroom studies through work in relevant professional settings. Students will secure placement at an off-campus agency or organization, including public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Alongside that internship, there will be an accompanying class meeting in which students will integrate the theoretical concepts that they have learned in their courses with the practical experience of their internship as well as engage in career preparation activities. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): C EHC/R PAD 101 and junior or senior standing. Permission of instructor. Students should have an internship in place before registering for this course.
Instructor: Annie Connors

Informatics

C Inf 100X (Class # 1229)
Information in the 21st Century (3)
Introduction to information and technology in the 21st Century. Different resources, including the Internet, libraries, news sources and other sources of information, hardware, and Web 2.0 technologies will be explored. The primary emphasis of the class is on discovering reliable information sources for any and all subjects so that a student's future research and other pursuits are supported by the methods developed in this course. Each student is called upon to fortify their own individual communication and reasoning skills and will demonstrate the use of those skills through course assignments, class presentations and group activities.
Instructor: Yueqi Li

C Inf 124X (Class # 1249)
Cybersecurity Basics (3)
An introduction to security in computer and network systems for a general audience. The operation of computers and networks is explained to show how they are the basis for attacks. The course will confer a basic but comprehensive understanding of how cybersecurity attacks (e.g., viruses, worms, denial of service) work. It will also cover aspects of privacy and other human elements of cybersecurity. Takes a general approach that will result in students prepared to learn about and defend themselves from current and future attacks.
Instructor: Jeffrey Baez

C Inf 200 (Class # 1308)
Research Methods for Informatics (3)
In this course students will gain an understanding of key methods and techniques in research and will prepare to critically evaluate and engage in research. Topics covered will include: identifying and articulating research problems, posing research questions, research design, data collection strategies, quantitative and qualitative analyses, interpreting results of analyses, and concerns in human subject research. Prerequisite(s): C INF 100.
Instructor: Xiaoyi Yerden

C Inf 201 (Class # 1250)
Introduction to Web Technologies (3)
A technique-oriented introduction to client-based Web design and development technologies, including HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, digital imaging, file formats, etc.; also the elements of UNIX and networks necessary to understand and implement basic information management and transfer. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100 or by permission of instructor.
Instructor: Mehdi Barati

C Inf 301 (Class # 1179)
Emerging Trends in Information and Technology (3)
This course is designed to address challenges of the 21st century from the information science framework. We will explore emerging technologies and discuss how they alter and create new information environments. Examples of these technologies include Big Data, 3D Printing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, etc. Attention will be paid to real world uses of these technologies, emphasizing how they are changing business, government, education, and a number of other industries. This course also focuses on career paths for digital citizens in the 21st century. Prerequisite(s): I INF 100X or I IST 100X.
Instructor: Jeff Yates

C Inf 467 (Class # 1264)
Technology-Based Community Support (3)
Students work on-site with a non-profit to provide technology support. Possible projects could include website creation and development, computer lab support, or networking. At least 120 hours/semester are required. Students will also meet with a faculty supervisor throughout the semester and complete a final presentation of their work. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 credits with permission of department. Prerequisite(s): Informatics juniors and seniors only. Permission of instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to find their own placement.
Instructor: Annie Connors

C Inf 468 (Class # 1265)
Undergraduate Internship Informatics (3)
The internship has two components: (1) work experience in position related to students interests in computing and information. Interns are expected to spend 8 hours per week during the semester at their internship location; (2) academic seminar where students and faculty mentor meet together monthly to discuss their experiences and general career preparation topics. Assignments may include preparing a resume and cover letter, career development, assessing skills for and barriers to career development, and planning for graduate or professional school. Students are expected to research, identify, and find their own possible internship opportunities. This activity will help students to identify their own career goals and manner in which they may best be achieved, and it will also help students to learn career preparation skills that will be useful after graduation. All internship opportunities must be reviewed and approved by appropriate faculty prior to course registration. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor, junior or senior status and a minimum GPA of 2.50. It is the responsibility of the student to find their own placement.
Instructor: Annie Connors

School of  Education

Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

E Epl 687 (Class # 1253)
Institute in Education: Competition, Marketization & Enrollment Management in Higher Ed (3)
This course is a graduate seminar designed to analyze the theoretical concepts and practices of enrollment management that have evolved over the last 40 years at colleges and universities. Enrollment management strategies will be examined within the broader context of higher education administration. Enrollment management has evolved in response to the changing climate in the marketplace and forces encroaching on these institutions. This course analyzes how effective enrollment planning connects an institution’s mission, current state, and the changing environment to a long-term strategic enrollment and fiscal health plan of action.
Instructor: Clayton Steen

E Epl 758 (Class # 1235)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Lean Management and Institutional Operations (1)
Lean process improvement (LPI) techniques eliminate waste while increasing operational efficiency. This course is designed to  help students develop a lean mindset and acquire both skills and strategies that they can apply to enhance programs and operations at their own institutions. The focus of the course will be in international programs and operations, but the techniques utilized can be applied to any area of operations. Students will apply core concepts related to LPI and systems thinking and completing an initial LPI plan for an institutional operation of their choosing. Class will meet online synchronously from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Dec 21, Jan 4, 6, 11 & 13.
Instructor: David Di Maria
Scheduled synchronous online class meetings via Zoom:
5:00p.m.-6:30p.m. T (12/21, 1/4 & 1/11) & Th (1/6 & 1/13)


E Epl 758 (Class # 1236)
Special Topics in International Education Management & Leadership: Global Alumni Relations (1)
This course focuses on strategies and tactics to mobilize international and transnational alumni. The course has four major objectives: 1) assessing readiness, 2) internal ownership, 3) alignment with institutional objectives, and 4) developing a Global Alumni Relations plan. Class will meet online synchronously from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Dec 20, Jan 5, 10 & 12.
Instructor: Gretchen Dobson

Scheduled synchronous online class meetings via Zoom:
4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. M (12/20 & 1/10) & W (1/5 & 1/12)

Educational Psychology


E Psy 200 (Class # 1149)
Introduction to the Psychological Process of Schooling (3)
Critical analysis of the psychological process of schooling. Interpretive survey of the literature and research in learning, motivation, development, and intelligence and their impact on American education and society. Only one of E PSY 200 and T EPS 200 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Deborah Chapin

E Psy 224 (Class # 1183)
Lifespan Development (3)
Theory and research relating to the typical intellectual, social and emotional development over the lifespan, including the adult years.
Instructor: Catherine Basila

Special Education

E Spe 460 (Class # 1010)/
E Spe 560 (Class # 1019)
Introduction to Human Exceptionality (3)
Characteristics of individuals whose cognitive, physical, or emotional development differs from typical individuals. Special education history and laws are discussed, as is the process leading to the development of individualized education plans and special education services. Selected strategies for students with special needs are also presented. Not open to those students who previously completed E PSY 460.
Instructor: Matthew LaFave

E Spe 562 (Class # 1028)
Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
Characteristics of students with disabilities and gifted students.  Examines legislative mandates and the process of developing and implementing differentiated and special education services for students at the middle childhood or adolescence levels.  Use of research-based approaches and methods, including co-teaching and collaboration for integrating students with disabilities is emphasized.
Instructor: Sean O'Connell

Educational Theory & Practice

E Tap 680 (Class # 1259)
Research Seminar: Critical Intro to Ed Research Paradigms (3)
This course focuses on the different models and paradigms in educational research and how these paradigms can inform educational practice. It will involve critical reading of published exemplars of different paradigms, analyzing previously collected data, and making sense of the application of these data. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and 12 credits in Master's program.
Instructor: Alex Kumi-Yeboah

School of Criminal Justice

R Crj 201 (Class # 1311)
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (3)
Analysis of the decisions made in the process whereby citizens become suspects, suspects become defendants, some defendants are convicted and in turn become probationers, inmates and parolees. Analysis of operational practices at the major criminal justice decision stages. Analysis of innovative programs and the dilemmas of change in policing, diversion, court administration, sentencing and community correctional programs. T CRJ 201 is the Honors College version of R CRJ 201. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Jingyi Fei

R Crj 202 (Class # 1016)
Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (4)
Students will study judicial decisions involving constitutional and other legal issues relevant to criminal justice, including the government’s power to define conduct as criminal, procedural rights, defenses, the rights of juveniles, and punishment. In addition to class meetings, students will enroll in a discussion section where they will engage in legal writing and moot court exercises.
Instructor: Sishi Wu

R Crj 203 (Class # 1138)
Criminology (3)
Introduction to the study of crime, including the development of criminal law, the relationship between crime and social structure, and the individual and social causes of crime. Only one of A SOC 203; A SOC 381; R CRJ 200 or R CRJ 203 can be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A SOC 115 or 115Z
Instructor: Benjamin Kuettel

R Crj  302 (Class # 1256)
Punishment & Correction (3)
Interdisciplinary review of the history of criminal punishment, analyzing the main changes that have occurred and their causes. Examines the dominant justifications used for punishing offenders, such as deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation. Special attention is given to the implications of the different justifications of punishment for current penological practice such as prison, jail, probation, parole, other alternative ways of dealing with offenders and sentencing. Reform is then discussed within this historical and interdisciplinary context. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200 or 201.
Instructor: Sishi Wu

R Crj 353 (Class # 1184)
American Criminal Courts (3)
Examines the organization and operations of state and local criminal court systems from the perspective of social science research and public policy analysis. Major issues include: the role of courts in American society; bail and pre-trial procedures; the roles and decisions of prosecutors, judges and the defense bar; selection and operation of grand juries and trial juries; sentencing of criminal defendants; and others. The operations of juvenile and adult courts are compared, and efforts directed toward court reform are assessed. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
Instructor: Andrea Kordzek

R Crj 404 (Class # 1310)
Crime and the Mass Media (3)
This course examines the interrelationships between crime, criminal justice, and the mass media. It explores the history of these linkages, the research, and the current issues. The possible impact of media images of crime and criminal justice on individuals, groups, and public policy is examined. Prerequisite(s): R Crj 200 or 201; junior or senior class standing or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Zachariah Biggers

School of Public Health

Health Policy and Management

H Hpm 500 (Class # 1309)
Health Care Organization, Delivery and Financing (3)
This is an introductory course intended to familiarize students with the organization, delivery and financing of the health care system.  The course covers historical, societal, political and economic forces influencing the accessibility, cost and quality of personal and public health services.  Descriptions of the current structures within the system, as well as changes occuring (the advent of managed care) and their effect are emphasized.  Health care concepts and terminology, provider characteristics, methods of financing, government regulations and private sector services will be discussed.  The course is designed to provide baseline understanding of the US health care system and its dynamics.  But it is also meant to begin training the student on how to apply this understanding to issues in health policy and management. E-mail department to request permission to enroll.
Instructor: Marlene Radigan

Public Health

H Sph 559 (Class # 1320)
Selected Topics in Public Health: Crisis and Risk Communications During Disasters (3)
This course is a study of the communication processes that are involved in the communication of information to communities regarding risks, how these risks will impact the public, and how to best prepare the public to reduce the risk throughout the phases of a disaster. Topics include the psychology of a crisis, communication risk analysis, crisis communication, developing risk and crisis communication plans, implementing communication strategies, and assessment of the communication campaign. E-mail department to request permission to enroll.
Instructor: Mark Linderman

Rockefeller College

Public Administration

R Pad 140 (Class # 1211)/
R Pos 140 (Class # 1210)

Introduction to Public Policy (3)
Introduction to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process. Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems. Only one of R PUB 140 and R POS 140 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Amani Edwards

R Pad 399 (Class # 1312)/
R Pos 399 (Class # 1327)
Selected Topics: The Climate Crisis - Law and Justice (3)
"It is the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit" concluded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet the catastrophic climate change impacts we see today - wildfires, floods, drought, heat waves  - are the result of the world’s wealthiest nations burning coal, oil, and gas for energy to fuel their development. This course looks at the climate crisis through the lens of the law, placing racial and economic justice at the heart of the examination. After a general introduction to climate science, we will examine four centrally important cases or laws  involving the issue of climate change from the perspective of people of color, indigenous communities, and human rights. These involve case studies of indigenous nations,  communities of color, and cases brought by children against the U.S. government. The work of the course will consist of submission of legal-style writings every week; no previous legal study is required. May be repeated for credit if content varies.
Instructor: Eleanor Stein

Political Science

R Pos 101 (Class # 1027)
American Politics (3)
Introduction to the study of politics, focusing on American national government. Includes some discussion of theoretical questions (such as authority, representation, and consent) and some illustrative examples from the area of comparative and international politics.
Instructor: Anne Hildreth

R Pos 102 (Class # 1135)
Comparative and International Politics (3)
Comparative and international politics embodies the notion of “know the world, know yourself.” This course introduces students to key scholarly discussions about how to compare politics in different countries and how to study global politics. There are no prerequisite requirements, except for an open mind and curiosity for domestic politics around the globe and world politics in general. By the end of the class, students should be familiar with the key concepts and debates in international affairs and recognize the value of learning about different polities around the world. Only one version of R POS 102 may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Zheng Wang

R Pos 206 (Class # 1325)
Politics in Film (3)
This course examines representations of selected aspects of politics in film. The class will use movies as primary texts to analyze campaigns and elections, political parties, war in its multiple expressions, the military, immigration, censorship, the criminal justice system, and the participation of minorities in the political process, among others. Although this will not be the primary focus of the course, the course will also explore the implications of media representations of politics for democracy and democratic participation.
Instructor: Jose Cruz

R Pos 326 (Class # 1313)
Introduction to Public Law (3)
What is law and why is it such a significant part of modern-day society and culture in the United States? How does the legal system operate through its various actors - judges, lawyers, and juries - to enable individuals to resolve disputes without resorting to violence? How does the law operate to structure and control the state? From where does legal power arise and what are its limits? How does the law both constrain and empower subordinated individuals and groups in American politics and society? These questions and others are the subject of this course, providing students with a general overview of the legal system of the U.S. The course is intended primarily for students who have little/no prior background in law. Some students will take the course as a gateway to further study about law, others will use it to broaden their understanding of the legal system as one of the most significant and powerful institutions in the modern state.
Instructor: Esra Gules-Guctas

R Pos 351 (Class # 1314)
European Politics (3)
Politics and political change in contemporary Europe, as reflected in ideology, organization and leadership. Both Western and Eastern Europe are treated in a common, comparative framework.
Instructor: Keith Preble

R Pos 360 (Class # 1315)
Violent Political Conflict (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of violent political conflict. We will examine the how, why, and when of violent political conflict both domestic and international. What are the key empirical and normative questions raised by violent political conflict and what answers to these questions does the literature offer? What other strategies, like nonviolence and negotiation are available to actors instead of political violence? In this course, in addition to studying the theories that have been developed to explain the politics and history of violent political conflict, students will have an opportunity to participate in simulation exercises designed to sharpen their analytic skills in the subject area. R POS 360 is the non-Honors version of the TPOS 260. Only one version may be taken for credit.
Instructor: Reyhan Topal

R Pos 362 (Class # 1316)
Nationalism and Nation-Building (3)
Classical and recent scholarly debates regarding nationalism and nation-building: theoretical and historical evolution of nationalism, nationalist movements, and nation-building; some of the most salient contemporary issues related to the national question, including the effects of globalization and the resurgence of nationalist movements in the post-Cold War era.
Instructor: Charmaine Willis

R Pos 365 (Class # 1232)
Government and Mass Media (3)
We hear a lot about “The Media” in our contemporary political discourse, and everyone has an opinion on media: "it is too biased," "it is too shallow," "it is the bedrock of free speech," “it keeps politicians honest,” and the like. In this course, we will dig deeper than anecdotal evidence and personal experience to try to discover what media is really like and what role it plays in the political realm. We will want to see how media exerts political and governmental power and how it has political and governmental power exerted through it. As we do so, we want to decide if, on the whole, media is good or bad for democracy and whether or not our current iteration of media is helping or hindering our democracy. In order to analyze the above, we will view media through a variety of lenses. We will begin by studying it theoretically and conceptually (what is media? or put another way what does "media" mean?) before working to get an understanding of the particularities and complexities of the relationship between government and media and in particular democratic government and media. Along the way, we will examine the history of media and inherent issues that media must contend with as well as discover how “media” (as the plural of “medium”) itself already communicates with us and so are politically relevant. At the end of the course, we should have a better understanding of the complexities of the various issues surrounding mass media, so that we can more intelligently engage with the rapidly changing nature of it.
Instructor: Sean McKeever


Study Abroad

For a listing of the study abroad course offerings, please refer to the Office of Education Abroad.